Thursday, May 24, 2012

Attention Food Entrepreneurs

The Cupcake Girls have been busy and our renovations are moving right along. Our permits have passed and demo continues, the walls are open and all new plumbing and electrical is being installed, flooring has been ordered (mahogany 6" planks) , interior paint  colors (antique white & lemon ice) and exterior paint colors (marshmallow white and candy apple red) have been chosen, kitchen equipment has been purchased and mass inventory is on its way. We are even giving our packaging a slight make-over, each chocolate box will be customized with our fantastic logo! Good-bye labels and hello custom professionals! 

We have also chosen our local vendors. Coca-Cola is on board and we will be offering everything and anything from Vitamin Water to Fuze to Tummy Yummies to Coke from Mexico! We are also very excited to announce that we will be using Colorado Coffee Merchants as our local brewer as well as Two Leaves and a Bud for our local tea company! We are thrilled to be working with such great companies and even greater people!

 As you may already know, Cupcake Girls have been renting commercial kitchen space since the launch of our business in August, 2011. As food entrepreneurs, it has been extremely advantageous for us to rent because it has not only kept our overhead low, but it has allowed us the time to settle into the cupcake business and ultimately grow. Renting has allowed us to take this next step towards opening up our own brick and mortar. 

Well over a year ago when we were searching for kitchen space to rent our options were slim to none, especially space centrally located. Cupcake Girls Bakery and Luncheonette has decided to open its kitchen doors to a select number of budding food entrepreneurs. We want to provide a co-operative style kitchen service to local foodies who need a place to set up shop in efforts to grow their business whether it's soup, granola, candy, preserves or wedding cakes! Our rates are competitive and our hours are flexible. Space is limited since we want to keep the kitchen intimate with an emphasis on ease and fun. If you or anyone you know is looking for kitchen space to rent and share, please contact us @ 719.650.2495 or and we can answer any questions you or someone you know may have!

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A funny thing happened...

The other day in the kitchen, somewhere in between baking, frosting, gossiping and dancing, Cupcake Girls made a very rookie mistake. We call it a case of a missing identity reminiscent of the childhood game of mismatching Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head.  

While boxing up our precious sexy cakes we realized that our count of cupcakes was off by one. Our proud persona shifted slightly to an "oh oh" gasp. We were sure that we had 1 extra ET Phone Home cupcake, but we were quizzically staring at 1 extra Smore's Please

Hmmmmmm.....a cupcake mystery.

We troubleshooted and truth be told, we made a crucial frosting error. Our poor little ET cupcakes were smothered with a gooey marshmallow cream cheese frosting and our poor little Smore's cupcakes were wrongly accessorized in a decadent peanut butter cream cheese frosting. We created a total party of flavors at the cost of our cupcakes identity! 

This was a first for Cupcake Girls, but it was not a first for how we handled a potential cupcake catastrophe. We laughed, shook it off and headed straight back into the kitchen for take two with gratitude in our belief in QC- quality control and perfectionism. We whipped up a another perfect batch of cupcakes correcting our innocent error and learned a lesson rooted from experience; separate chocolate cupcakes! 

The most valuable lesson learned on this day, however, is best quoted by writer and philosopher Elbert Hubbard,  "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."  

We made an error, had a laugh, solved a problem and went about our day. All were happy!

Stay calm and have a cupcake!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Never Fear Competition

With a hopeful July opening of  Cupcake Girls Bakery and Luncheonette in downtown Colorado Springs it seems like we are continually being asked the same question; "How do you feel about the 'sweet' competition?" 

The best analogy to our competitive philosophy most easily adapts to sport. Imagine if you had 2 miles left in a 13.2 mile run that completed a 70.3 mile triathlon and you found yourself running stride for stride next to your rival. I would almost guarantee that you would run faster being neck in neck with your competitor in pursuit of victory than if you were running solo at the back of the pack. The winner of the race may go to the guy with the better 'kick,' but it may just as likely go to the guy who has that 'killer instinct,' whose fire is fueled by competition.

Competition should be embraced and not feared.

It is easy to forget just how big Colorado Springs is and how unique we all our in our tastes and sought after experiences. Competition is embraced all over this city. Just look downtown, Einstein's Bagels is just a block away from Brugger's Bagels. Pikes Perk Coffee is right across the street from Starbucks. Embracing competition means focusing on your business and what makes you stand out.

Rhu-Bea's Garden
We are Cupcake Girls! What sets us apart is the experience that we create with every cupcake and this experience is going to spill over tenfold into our upcoming shabby chic store. Perhaps the best way to describe our unique and mindful approach to baking is by telling you the story behind our newest flavor, Rhu-Bea's Garden. My mom, Beatrice, grew rhubarb in her garden and she made the most fantastic strawberry rhubarb pie imaginable. With fresh rhubarb being in season in the Spring, we honored my mom's recipe and tweaked it with a few secretes of our own to recreate the childhood memory of this earthy, nostalgic sweet. We extracted the natural juices from fresh rhubarb and fresh strawberries to create a mouth watering comfort cupcake. Just the smell of the rhubarb simmering on the stove and the sight of it's reddish/pinkish color brought me back to my mom's kitchen, evoking memories of my dad and my five older sisters all waiting for the pie to come out of the oven on a beautiful spring day. Our cupcakes bring memories back to life and our vintage inspired store will not only restore memories, it will create new memories.

We received a lovely mention in an article written by Teresa Farney,  food editor of The Gazette, entitiled New Shops Should Satisfy City's Sweet Tooth. We are very proud to be acknowledged in the company of such great sweet businesses, which also happen to be our competition. We cannot control what our baking competitors are doing, but we can control what we are doing and we know that what we are doing is very special.  So, we chose to embrace our city's sweet tooth and we hope you will too!

"Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
Robert Brault